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Salty Bottoms Up: Where to celebrate National Margarita Day in DC

MXDC and El Rey are two local restaurants who are celebrating it big time


Everyday is National Margarita Day for some of us, but officially, it comes just once a year: Friday, Feb. 22. Among the offerings around town, you can’t do much better than the “wallet-friendly” fare at Todd English’s modern Mexican restaurant in the historic Garfinkel’s building.

Priced from $6 to $12 each, MXDC will feature four of its popular margaritas that day, including the Margarita Blanca with Don Julio blanco, MXDC cordial, fresh lime juice, and agave and the Cadillac Margarita with Don Julio reposado, Grand Marnier, agave, and lime.

MXDC will also offer four specialty shooters for those who prefer their tequila straight as a shot. All libations will be available from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. 600 14th St. NW. Call 202-393-1900 or visit

El Rey, the popular U Street taqueria and beer garden part of the local Hilton Bros. empire, is another good option for some good old margarita magic, especially if you’ll be imbibing in a group, party-style — or if you prefer your margs frozen.

Enthusiasts can risk a brain freeze with a lime, strawberry, or mango slushie, or can pucker up with ‘rita on the rocks in varieties including classic, blueberry, strawberry, or mango.

The price rises slightly as the sun goes down: all margaritas are $7 apiece from noon to 7 p.m., or $9 fro 7 p.m. to close — unless you prefer to order by the pitcher, which will run $24 to 7 p.m., $32 after. 919 U St. NW. Call 202-506-6418 or visit (Doug Rule)

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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